Legal Studies Assignment
Law is a complex mechanism that is evolving to keep pace with our ever changing society. It is a set of enforceable rules of conduct which set down guidelines for relationships between people and organisations. Law is at constant battle as society moves ahead and the law limps behind, this is largely affected by new developments in technology especially with the establishment of the cyber world. The internet has enhanced and created new opportunities for individuals to commit crimes. Two aspects relating to Internet crimes include Identity theft and copyright which are dominant issues that face law makers and give rise to law reform due to the significant rise in number of incidents occurring and their impact on society.
Copyright is an area of intellectual property law that holds protection against plagiarism or any other form of copying granted to the original producer or authors of items which convey information or any type of leisure such as books and films. As technology has evolved rapidly with the introduction of computers and digital machines it has resulted in an increase in copying crimes as it has become much easier to copy and share music and film. Therefore copyright law has had to adapt to the new technology and into the new digital copyright as it is a large scale matter that continues to spread. A dominant crime that falls under the most significant issue in copyright law is digital pricy, which is downloading and allocating unauthorised copies of films, music, games, software via the internet.
Copyright is a legislative power of the Commonwealth as stated in section 51 of the constitution. Therefore as it is the federal government’s responsibility to deal with copyright matters it enforces the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) . Yet the copyright act has been amended many times since 2000 in order to adapt to the technological, social and economical factors that cause rise to law reform. For example the copyright act ( digital...